Ephesians 5
New Heart English Bible
1Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And walk in love, even as Christ also loved us, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.

3But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints; 4nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks. 5Know this for sure, that no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.

6Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7Therefore do not be partakers with them. 8For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 9for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, 10proving what is well pleasing to the Lord. 11Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them. 12For the things which are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of. 13But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by the light, for everything that reveals is light.

14Therefore he says, "Awake, you who sleep, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

15Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise; 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your heart to the Lord; 20giving thanks always concerning all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father; 21subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.

22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the savior of the body. 24But as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it; 26that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, 27that he might present the church to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ also does the church; 30because we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. 31"For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." 32This mystery is great, but I speak concerning Christ and of the church. 33Nevertheless each of you must also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2024

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